When we talk about Provence, most people first think of beautiful lavender fields and delightful rosé. On the internet, we see the most spectacular photos of purple fields, sunsets, and old towns. Shall we tell you a little secret? In reality, it's even more beautiful than in the photos!
Anyone who has ever smelled a bunch of lavender knows how delightful the fragrance of this purple flower is. Can you imagine how it smells when you walk through a blooming lavender field? In Provence, each lavender field is more beautifully situated than the other. On top of a hill with a fantastic view, for example. Or under a picturesque town. Or along the walls of an ancient monastery. Want to leave the stress of daily life behind? Then take a walking route along the lavender fields. The scent of lavender is known for its calming properties. Also, it's enjoyable to visit a lavender distillery to discover what happens to the lavender after it's harvested. Lavender blooms approximately from early June to mid-August. Want to make sure you can admire the purple lavender fields in all their glory? Plan your vacation in July, as the fields are at their peak.
A vacation in Provence is not complete without a good glass of rosé. The rosé produced in Provence is among the most popular and beloved wines in the world. The rosé is fresh and fruity and is known for its pale pink color. At many vineyards, you can take tours and taste wine. A glass of wine always tastes best where it's made, so such a tasting is definitely worth it!
Provence has many picturesque villages and charming cities with lively squares, beautiful architecture, and Roman arenas (especially those in Orange and Arles are still in exceptionally good condition). Provence is not only a beloved holiday destination but has always been popular among artists. In Aix-en-Provence, you can visit Cezanne's studio, and in Saint-Rémy de Provence, you can see the room where Vincent van Gogh stayed at the St-Paul de Mausole monastery. The markets in Provence are also a feast for the senses. The colors and scents of local products make your mouth water, and villages and cities come alive when it's market day.
In addition to the lavender fields, there is much more beautiful nature to discover in Provence. The Gorges du Verdon, for example, is known as one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe. The Camargue is a unique wet landscape where, if you look closely in the distance, you might see a pink cloud of flamingos. And, of course, we must not forget the spectacular coastline of the Parc national des Calanques near Marseille and the delightful beaches of the Côte d’Azur.
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